Curious Modern Day Burial Practices - Funeral and Cremation Options
As part of a work project, I began to research the processes and laws that pertain to scattering the ashes of loved ones. During that process, I came across all kinds of interesting, creative, and even slightly humorous ways to memorialize the recently deceased.
I couldn't help telling people about some of the funeral and cremation options I came across, so I thought I would tweak my research a bit. I started going after some of the more unique and curious modern day burial practices that are showing up across the country.
I hope you find the information as interesting (and yes, even slightly entertaining) as I do.
1. Cremation Jewelry
The first curious burial practice I came across was Cremation Jewelry. There are companies that provide necklace pendants, keychains, rings, and bracelets that all carry a small amount of cremated ashes inside.
You can get the jewelry in just about any style: gold, silver, crystal, etc. depending on your taste. They even provide specialized pendants for a cremated pet's remains.
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2. Cremation Diamonds
You heard right. You can have a diamond made from the carbon in cremation ashes or lock of hair from your loved one.
They are genuine diamonds, graded, inspected, and certified by gemologists.
They come in your specified color, carat size, clarity, and cut.
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3. Personalized Urns
A personalized urn doesn't sound that curious or unique right away. However, these urns are about as personalized as you can get. These urns are made to look just like your deceased loved one.
These urns are made using 2 photographs to create a 3-D image of your loved one's head, supported on a marble base. A wig can even be added if your loved one had longer hair.
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4. Cremation Art
Another rather creative option to display your loved ones ashes is to blend a small amount of them into a work of art. In this case, a painting.
Most that I have seen are fairly abstract, but apparently you can pretty much decide on any style of painting you want. The ashes can either be mixed into the paint as the artist is creating the painting, or the ashes can be added to an already existing painting, then glossed over.
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Memorial Space Flights
This unique cremation option allows you to launch a portion of your loved one's ash into orbit! Literally. You can choose to either have your loved one's ashes put into orbit around the Earth, launched out into deep space, or launched onto the surface of the moon. You can even have the ashes returned again, if you wish.
Orbital Launch: a small amount of ashes rides alongside either a commercial or scientific satellite out into Earth's orbit. The ashes are transported in a spacecraft that will eventually reenter our atmosphere in 10-240 years and vaporize.
Deep Space Launch: This option is still in the works, but launches will be available in 2012.
Moon Launch: This option not finalized yet either, but will be available in 2012 or 2013.
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The memorial reef idea came about when a pair of friends wanted to do something to change the rapidly dying coral reefs off the coast of Florida. They invented the Reef Ball, which is an environmentally safe cement ball conducive to attracting and maintaining the tiny organisms that make up coral reefs, in order to grow new ones.
They began to offer burial services alongside their idea. An Eternal Reef is created by mixing the ashes of your loved one into the cement used to create a Reef Ball. The Reef Ball is then placed in a select location.
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5. Green Burials
A Green Burial is much like a traditional burial with a casket and the whole works, except that the process is done as naturally as possible. The "casket" is made of bio-degradable substances, but you could also forego the eco-friendly casket for a bio-degradable burial shroud or even a favorite blanket.
A Green Burial needs to take place in a designated green cemetery or a memorial nature preserve.
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